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To get riled by a fake charity collection flyer? (long rant)

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jumpjockey Wed 10-Jun-09 17:36:17

We get plenty of the collection bags through the door from Cancer Research/Barnardos etc, but today just a flyer. I've copied it out exactly below (including spelling errors etc)

For yourself and those who love you.
Clothing colleection
Can you spare your old unwanted clothes FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PROGRAMME
Breast cancer marks every 9th women in Europe.

We would be grateful if you could kinydonate your unwanted Ladies & Mens, children clothing Also curtains, towels, handbags, soft toys & paired shoes.
Each month we make a minimum contribution of £1500 to the project from the procceds raised from the sale of donated clothing.
Your donations are sent to the third world countries to help clothe the poor
Our company provides jobs in the sorting of clothes for distribution.
If provides business for the UK expert and transport companies
If provides employment for the UK factories grading the clothes and people collecting the bags door to door.

OK, so what exactly are they doing with people's donations? Is this raising money for an (unidentified) breast cancer prevention programme? Or do they send the clothes to the third world (clothing them with curtains and soft toys...)? Or do they just contribute a minimal amount of cash and then sell the donated goods and keep the rest for themselves?

I found the whole thing so dodgy that I looked up the company named at the bottom - not a charity mind you, just a company reg. no. - and according to this article they were wound up in March for financial irregularities. So why are we getting flyers still put through the door?

I know I could just ignore it, but two local charity shops closed earlier this year because the rents went up and they weren't getting enough donations to cover costs. It really annoys me that people are using 'buzz words' like cancer care, third world poverty etc to try and con people into giving to them, when decent charities working in the local community can't survive.

Jennster Wed 10-Jun-09 17:37:59

We get them all the time here. If there isn't a charity number on it then it goes in the bin. I don't think there is any way to stop them I'm afraid.

Thunderduck Wed 10-Jun-09 17:38:31

YANBU. We get a lot of these and I always look them up, and the majority are frauds.

tillyfernackerpants Wed 10-Jun-09 17:53:17

Hi jump smile

Yanbu, we usually get 2/3 of these bags per week, I use them as rubbish bags. Though a couple of my neighbours have used them for donations & put them out on the day but a week later they've still not been collected so the companies can't be that fussed in the first place!

oldraver Wed 10-Jun-09 18:59:37

Yes I had almost the exact one only mine is giving £3000 a month to breast Cancer in Lithuania

jenwyn Wed 10-Jun-09 23:27:30

I never give anything to these -charity number or not.I use the bags as rubbish bags and give my old clothes to freecycle.

wotulookinat Wed 10-Jun-09 23:37:34

I get a lot of those. Each week I get at least 6 genuine bags through the door, and one 'fake' one.
The bags make good cat litter tray liners.

(btw I do donate stuff to charity, but I take it in myself to be sure it has got there)

NeedaNewName Wed 10-Jun-09 23:38:46

ooh I've had those - reported them to trading standards

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